PATNA: Not only the common men but even the bribe-seeking officials are facing the consequences of recession in Bihar.
Sounds weird but that is what remains the case in Bihar after a close analysis of bribe money sought by officials in the past 13 years!
According to a report received from the vigilance investigation bureau, the minimum bribe being sought by the corrupt officials has gone up by huge 20 percent in the past 13 years.
Reports state that the minimum bribe currently being demanded by the officials stands at Rs10,000 which is 20 percent up from Rs500 which was the minimum amount being sought as bribe in 2006.
Reports said the vigilance department registered a total of 3,820 cases related to corruption in between August 2006 to August 2019. Of them, 885 cases were such in which the corrupt officials were caught red-handed while accepting the bribe.
A close analysis of the trap cases states that in 2006—when the NDA government had completed one year in power after dislodging the 15-year-old RJD government—the minimum bribe taken by the corrupt officials was Rs500 which went up to Rs10,000 in 2019.
As per the reports, of the total 885 trap cases, 12 were such where the corrupt officials took bribe as low as Rs500.
But now, this pattern has changed. While the minimum bribe amount remains at Rs10,000 now, the maximum amount has gone to dizzying height.
Only in June this year, vigilance bureau sleuths arrested road construction department’s executive engineer Suresh Prasad Singh while taking a bribe of Rs 14 lakh. During the raid of his house in Patna, the sleuths further recovered Rs2.36 crores stashed in several objects such as under the bed cover, almirah, cupboards and suitcases.
Not only that, he was also holding 26 LIC policies and had fitted 12 air-conditioners in his home, turning his house into a luxurious five-star hotel. He had also kept various dogs of exotic breeds, foreign parrots and sparrows, pigeons and cats.
Another serious incident related to corruption was reported in August this year when a contractor was allegedly burnt to death by the engineer-in-chief of water resources department Murlidhar Singh in Gopalganj district.
According to police, the accused had demanded Rs15 lakh from the contractor to clear his all pending bills but as he refused to oblige, the engineer along with his associates soaked the contractor with highly inflammable liquid and set him on fire, killing him on the spot. The police are now investigating the case.
According to an official report, vigilance investigation bureau has registered a total of 165 cases against government officials for seeking bribe and misusing his official position to earn money in the past two years.
However, only 18 could be dismissed from the service despite the government’s commitment for zero tolerance against corruption. The departmental inquiry still continues against most of them.
Courtesy: The Statesman